Youth group leaders arrested, charged with embezzlement

April Mathews, 50, of Campbell County (left), Richard Mathews 44, of Campbell County (right)
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Two youth group leaders have been arrested and charged as a result of an investigation into alleged embezzlement involving the Timberlake Dixie Youth Organization in Lynchburg.

Timberlake Dixie Youth board members allegedly asked police to investigate alleged financial improprieties in October, according to a release from the Lynchurg Police Department. After several weeks of investigation, police determined that money raised through fundraising events, sponsorships and team member registration fees intended for use by the organization had been used fraudulently, the release stated. Police say the fraudulent activity began in 2017 and continued through October 2018, with a total loss in excess of $20,000, according to the release.

On Friday, Richard Lee Mathews, 44, of Campbell County, who serves as president of Timberlake Dixie Youth, was arrested and charged with two counts of embezzlement, and two counts of obtaining money by false pretenses, the release stated. April Lynn Mathews, 50, also of Campbell County, who served as treasurer of Timberlake Dixie Youth,
also was arrested and charged with two counts of embezzlement, and two counts of obtaining money by false pretenses.

Both suspects were transported to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.